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Hillary Clinton Statement on The March on Washington Anniversary

In honor of the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washington tomorrow, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

“Tomorrow, we mark the date on which hundreds of thousands of Americans marched on Washington on behalf of human rights.  Standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. uttered words now etched forever in our nation’s history:

‘I have a dream, that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’

“His call to action sparked the momentum needed to pass the Voting Rights Act –  knocking down legal barriers that had stood for generations, and ensuring every American could exercise their constitutional right to vote.

“In 2016, we’ve come a long way since the days of Jim Crow.  Yet too many Americans still face systemic racism and constant assaults on their franchise.  Something is profoundly wrong when decades after Dr. King addressed the nation, so many Americans still feel that their country values them less, simply because of the color of their skin.

“That’s just one reason why the stakes in this election are unlike any we have faced before.  Those brave men and women who marched, and sat, and bled for civil rights in America must not have done so in vain.

“As President, I’ll stand up to bluster and bigotry, and fight back against efforts to restrict access to the ballot.  Let’s make it easier for people to vote, not harder.  Let’s make sure every state has at least 20 days of in-person voting, and no one ever has to wait more than 30 minutes to cast their ballot.  And let’s automatically register every American to vote on their 18th birthday.

“The power of American democracy comes from the fact that no one is left behind – no matter where they come from, what they look like, or who they love.  That’s what I mean when I say that we’re stronger together.

“So today, let’s continue to be inspired by the self-evident truths that first united our nation, and live up to what a young minister dreamed and declared fifty-three years ago.”

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While two new honors for Hillary were announced today, (big ones see the two previous posts),  President Clinton was in Washington helping to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech. The picture is of Presidents Carter, Clinton, Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama at the entrance to the Lincoln Memorial. It was quite a day!

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Though she did not attend today, I have always loved this picture of Hillary with Dr. King’s sister Christine King Farris who spoke today.

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, left, poses for pictures with the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s sister Dr. Christine King Farris during a fund-raising dinner honoring Clinton with a "Salute to Greatness" award by the King Center Saturday Jan. 17, 2009, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, left, poses for pictures with the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s sister Dr. Christine King Farris during a fund-raising dinner honoring Clinton with a “Salute to Greatness” award by the King Center Saturday Jan. 17, 2009, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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